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FSU picks up big 2012 commit

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Florida State is busy preparing for a huge game today against No. 10 Oklahoma. However, that did not stop the coaching staff from fielding a phone call from one of the top recruits in the class of 2012. With Ocala (Fla.) Vanguard safety P.J. Williams already committed, the Seminoles doubled their class on Saturday morning.
De Funiak Springs (Fla.) Walton defensive tackle Dalvon Stuckey was offered by Florida State this summer. The 6-foot-3, 295-pound defender had recently said he was close to making a commitment and he did just that on Saturday morning.
"I've just been thinking about it a lot," Stuckey said of a possible commitment. "I talked to my mom and my dad and my coach and I just felt like it didn't get any better than this. I wanted to go to FSU. This has been my dream school forever so I just decided to get it over with and go ahead and commit. It's really where I want to go."
Stuckey had the chance to talk to a couple of members of the coaching staff as they were preparing for the contest against the Sooners.
"I called coach (Rick) Trickett this morning," he said. "I told him I'd been doing some thinking and I talked to my mom and dad and I'm ready to be a Nole. He was excited. He wants me to stick to my school work and stuff like that. He was telling me I'm the second commitment in the class. He told me I'm a Nole now.
"I also talked to coach Odell (Haggins). He told me he was excited about me and he was ready to coach me. He just said to keep on playing hard. I haven't had a chance to talk to coach (Jimbo) Fisher yet. He was kind of busy since they have a big game today and all. I'm supposed to call him back tomorrow."
The coaches were not the first to find out about his pledge, though. Stuckey and his Walton teammates had a game last night against a current Florida State commit who beat them to the news.
"We played Navarre," Stuckey said. "We came up a little short but we played pretty well. I go to go against [2011 Florida State offensive center commit Sterling Lovelady]. He blocked me a couple of times. He's a good player.
"I talked to him after the game. He told me I was a good player and that he was looking forward to being on the same team as me and everything at FSU. I was telling him last night that it was pretty much a done deal that I was going to commit. I told him to keep in contact with me."
Though there is still a lot of time between now and signing day for the class of 2012, Stuckey says he is solid in his pledge.
"FSU is definitely where I want to be," he said. "I'm done with the recruiting process."
Stuckey, who finished his sophomore year with 57 tackles and one sack, also had early offers from Auburn, Texas A&M, South Carolina, Louisville and Iowa State.
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